Eric HowardCorporate and Outreach Manager
Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing
Phone: (617) 373-3294
Eric has been the Corporate & Outreach Manager for the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (CHN) at Northeastern University since January 2013. The only NSF-funded nanomanufacturing center at a private university, the CHN carries out advanced research leading to commercial development of new manufacturing processes and products in sectors such as energy, electronics, bio/med and materials.
During his 20-year career, Eric has managed initiatives focused on international science and technology innovation, science diplomacy and economic / business development. His experience includes work with non-profit organizations, government agencies and corporations, focusing on grants and fundraising, organizational development, program design, conference management and communications.
As an alumnus of the Fulbright Exchange Program, he is active in the global community of Fulbright scholars, working on opportunities for collaboration among alumni and being a catalyst for action among Fulbright scholars / alumni in business, government, academia and research. He was Executive Director of the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology (2005-2012) and remains involved in the community as a volunteer working on several initiatives.
Eric also has six-plus years of experience working on initiatives to advance the manufacturing sector, serving as Executive Director of a trade association for companies in the wood manufacturing sector in Maine and as administrative head of the national certification program for environmental professionals.
Eric has a B.A. with honors in Geology from Wesleyan University and a M.E.M. from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. In 1989-90, he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Bonn, Germany. In addition to his work at the CHN, he is also a part-time doctoral student in Northeastern’s College of Professional Studies, conducting research on internationalization of higher education.